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The Stakes for All of Us - Inside Higher Ed

The Stakes for All of Us - Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
The Stakes for All of Us Inside Higher Ed I'm in lockstep with Bérubé and Saul, but I also think we need to continually reframe this conversation, to focus in on the single greatest threat to higher education: the defunding of public colleges and...
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Public Colleges Must Focus on Outreach to States, Association Says

Public Colleges Must Focus on Outreach to States, Association Says | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
The recommendation comes in a report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities on making public higher education a state priority.
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Support for higher education is a low priority - Hutchinson News

Support for higher education is a low priority Hutchinson News The recent outcry against the Kansas Legislature's whack at higher education funding came too late to prevent a short-sighted and misguided assault on state-supported colleges and...
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Why We Fear MOOCs - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why We Fear MOOCs - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

In a 2002 book the anthropologist David D. Gilmore explored our culture’s fascination with monsters. He noted that most monsters are a sort of hybrid. They defy simple explanation because they tend to straddle categories. They might be part human and part animal (like a werewolf) or part living and part dead (like a vampire). The monster is thus a mutated version of something we are already familiar with; it is both familiar and strange. It’s the monster’s amorphous nature that we find upsetting—it blurs categories, so it upsets the natural order of things, causing chaos.

I think that’s why we fear MOOCs. As hybrids, they defy easy categorization and threaten to upset the tidy categories we have for judging who is and is not college-educated. Like monsters, MOOCs threaten to disrupt our social world and bring chaos in their wake.

Our most basic understanding of the college experience used to be twofold: It occurs during a finite period of time, and in a fixed place known as a campus. Those two assumptions have taken on the status of  “social facts,” in the words of Émile Durkheim. Both of those ideas are so much a part of our culture that we often do not even notice them or think to question them.

First, we celebrate a practice called “going to college,” which, for many students, includes living on a physical campus that is often a sort of sanctuary, set apart from the everyday life of work and commerce and populated by a student body almost exclusively composed of those under 30. No matter which college a student attends, it will have its own architecture, social hierarchies, behavioral norms, dress code, and rituals.


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Getting More Bang for the Buck in Higher Education

Getting More Bang for the Buck in Higher Education | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
The federal government could do much more to take advantage of the investment in higher education by pressing colleges to be more accountable and flexible, an economist writes.
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AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors' Intellectual Property

AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors' Intellectual Property | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
In a speech at the group's annual meeting, its former president, Cary Nelson, warned of a broader battle over intellectual property being waged on college campuses.
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New MOOC Company Brings Market Research to the Masses - Businessweek

New MOOC Company Brings Market Research to the Masses - Businessweek | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
New MOOC Company Brings Market Research to the Masses Businessweek decydEd, the latest entrant into the market for massive open online courses (MOOC) that are the talk of the education world, plans to expand beyond private investors to create a...
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Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
US academics are using the web to offer world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world.
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Still think that college degree doesn't matter?

Still think that college degree doesn't matter? | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

Those with increasing levels of postsecondary education are much less likely to be unemployed.


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Will MOOCs Disrupt Higher Education or Level the Playing Field? [#Infographic] - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Will MOOCs Disrupt Higher Education or Level the Playing Field? [#Infographic] - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
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Charting higher education's future | University Blog

If your particular interest is reports on the future of higher education, you will not be starved of material. All over the developed world in particular there have over recent years been numerous inquiries into higher education ...
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Brownback wants to expel higher education cuts - Kansas City Business Journal (blog)

Brownback wants to expel higher education cuts - Kansas City Business Journal (blog) | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
Brownback wants to expel higher education cuts
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Brownback, who pushed to keep higher education funding level, said he is surveying his options for dealing with reductions passed by the Legislature.
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Texas A&M faculty considers expanding online courses - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Texas A&M faculty considers expanding online courses - Bryan-College Station Eagle | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
Texas A&M faculty considers expanding online courses Bryan-College Station Eagle Texas A&M is close to deciding whether it plans to start offering what's called massive open online courses -- a controversial and growing trend in higher education...
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President Clinton Announces Commitment to Create New Pathways to College and Career Success Through Open Badges | HASTAC

President Clinton Announces Commitment to Create New Pathways to College and Career Success Through Open Badges | HASTAC | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative that seeks innovative solutions for economic recovery, Clinton said three partners – the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and HASTAC – have created the commitment to Open Badges. Outreach and technical assistance will be provided to help employers and universities across the country incorporate Open Badges in hiring, promotions, admissions, and credit over the next three years.


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Cath Ellis's curator insight, June 30, 2013 10:50 PM

Amazing

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 1, 2013 11:11 AM

Would this work in middle and high school?  I have so many students who would, at least initially, be motivated to work online to earn badges.  I foresee issues of authentication of work, but there is something worth exploring here.

Dixie Conner's comment, July 2, 2013 1:21 PM
Yes, this would definitely work in all levels of education. K-12 and adult.
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Higher-Education Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

Higher-Education Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
The groups' new method provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how many of them eventually graduate.
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Top unis 'now less socially diverse'

Top unis 'now less socially diverse' | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
A report on social mobility claims the UK's leading universities have become less socially representative in the past decade, not more.
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Weekend Reading: the MOOC Catchup Edition - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Weekend Reading: the MOOC Catchup Edition - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

The latest thing that has everyone buzzing in higher education are MOOCs—Massively Open Online Courses. MOOC companies like Coursera, Udacity and Harvard edX courses offer free content to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.


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U.S. House Panel Questions Value of Accreditation

U.S. House Panel Questions Value of Accreditation | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
One question aired at the hearing: Are accreditors effectively handling the dual task of assessing program quality and tending the gate to federal student aid?
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Is the Minerva Project the Real Future of Online Education?

Is the Minerva Project the Real Future of Online Education? | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

The Minerva Project uses an online curriculum, but also offers a slightly different twist from a college that’s exclusively online. Minerva Project will mix online learning with offline living in physical dorms; not just in the United States, but across the globe. Theoretically, students will get the best elements of America’s current higher education system — customized online learning at their own convenience, classes led by talented PhD teachers, and the opportunity to experience many of the social benefits of a physical university.


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Small Private Colleges Lose More Students Despite Rise in Discounting

Small Private Colleges Lose More Students Despite Rise in Discounting | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
As price-conscious students increasingly choose less-expensive colleges, discounting is losing its power to keep enrollments healthy, a survey suggests.
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Enhancing student experience: how Scotland is doing things differently

Enhancing student experience: how Scotland is doing things differently | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
Scottish universities are joining forces to focus on good practice, rather than the past, say Andrea Nolan and Bill Harvey (Enhancing student experience: how Scotland is doing things differently http://t.co/PSJtVXthgl...
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Humanist: Heal Thyself - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

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Instead, higher education should reassert the importance of teaching, systematically undervalued by institutions defined by research.
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MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Bryan Alexander and Howard Rheingold

MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed:  Bryan Alexander and Howard Rheingold | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it

... Bryan Alexander, who I previously interviewed about emerging learning technologies for this blog, is the senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. The ensuing video conversation is longer than usual – around 24 minutes – but if you want to get past the more superficial debates about MOOCs and take a more finely-tuned glimpse at possible futures, you will find it worth your time...

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Lucas Gruez's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:30 PM

To the Vimeo video: https://vimeo.com/68057062

sandra Markus's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:23 PM

really great interview about MOOCs

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The Other Higher Education

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There are too many countries with highly educated taxi drivers. Not that someone with a university degree shouldn’t drive a taxi but only if this is a choice, not employment for lack of any other. What is the alternative?

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32 Percent of Higher Ed Students Take Courses Online

32 Percent of Higher Ed Students Take Courses Online | Higher Education in the Crosshairs | Scoop.it
According to Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States, a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group, more than 6.7 million students are now taking at least one course online.

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Don Dea's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:47 AM

Other key findings of the survey include:

  • Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they don't believe MOOCs are a sustainable method for delivering courses, and 27.8 percent said they are. Chief academic officers surveyed were neutral on MOOC sustainability at a rate of 45.2 percent;
  • Nearly a third of higher education students now take at least one course online, at 32 percent;
  • Seventy-seven percent of respondents said that online learning outcomes were the same or superior to those for in-person instruction, up from 57.2 percent in 2003, the first year the study was conducted;
  • Only 30.2 percent of chief academic officers surveyed reported that they believe their faculty see online learning as valuable and legitimate;
  • Nearly 70 percent of academic leaders who responded said online learning was critical to their long-term growth strategy;
  • Lower retention rates for students in online courses is an obstacle for the growth of distance learning, with 73.5 percent of chief academic officers surveyed reporting that it is either an "important" or "very important" barrier, an increase of nearly 12 percent since 2008; and
  • Academic leaders also reported student discipline in online courses and acceptance of online degrees by potential employers as barriers to growth, at 88.8 percent and just over 40 percent, respectively.

"The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely robust, even as overall higher education enrollments have shown a decline," said Jeff Seaman, co-author of the study and co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, in a prepared statement.